Summary: I purchase this Garmin eTrex Vista HCx to replace using my laptop + GPS + MS Streets & Trips. This Garmin is well built - solid, sturdy, waterproof, & the screen is crips & clear with vibrant colors. It obtains satellite signals quickly, even indoors. The side buttons are a bit difficult to depress, requiring quite a push.
It works great with a Mac but dismal documentation!
27 June 2008
Summary: After being content with my Garmin Vista, I decided it was time to upgrade to the latest Garmin Vista eTrex HCx. With a new MapSource Topo USA for MAC available, and the ability to transfer National Parks Topo Version 3 from PC to MAC I thought it would be an ideal time to "upgrade" to this model. The HCx has a beautiful color screen, is highly sensitive-acquiring satellites and able to navigate much more effectively! Response is quick-virtually instantaneous.
Summary: I just sold my Vista Cx on Amazon and bought the HCx because I fly a lot and like to know where I am and the Cx lost reception unless I held it close to the plane's window which always looks suspicious. I trust that the HCx will be better in the air. However, I did notice that my new HCx lacks a few features that I liked with my old Cx. The HCx has no alarm clock which I liked to use in my hotel rooms, and it lacks tide predictions that I enjoyed using at the beach.
Summary: I buy this item here, from Amazon UK and it's all ok. The GPS is nice, small, user friendly... really nice light screen, hight definition screen... before this I had a Garmin MAP 60C and i was really happy with it... Than Amazon has made ''a special offer of 99£ for this, so i decided to buy it, for have a device with a new hight sensitive chip. And i sold my 60c... :-(( I loaded my usual maps, routes and waypoints and went for a walk with my wife and kids in the woods.
Summary: I got my original Garmin eTrex Vista in 1999 complete with UK Metropolitan map. It served me well, it functioned flawlessly from the day I got it to the day I replaced it. There were however good reasons for replacing it in late 2007: 1 - Geocaching had been invented! The new Garmin GPS receivers all support geocaching game functions. 2 - Cold Start time.
Excerpt: Como GPS estamos en los equipos que vamos a utilizar para hacer senderismo, ya que, por el mismo precio tendríamos equipos para coche que nos darían muchas mejores prestaciones. Es similar a todos los equipos de la gama, muy ligero y no muy grande, cabe en el bolsillo sin problema. Es muy sensible puede captar satélites dentro de una habitación si estás cerca de la ventana, cosa que con mi explorist 500 de Magellan no era posible.